BANDUNG, presidentpost.com – Bank Indonesia held the West Java Regional Sharia Economic Festival (FESyar) on Wednesday to Friday (September 13-15, 2017), aiming at introducing sharia products to the public.
West Java Governor Aher (Ahmad Heryawan) considered such activity is a positive thing. “We welcome the sharia economic festival. The spirit of sharia is indispensable to our society, especially in West Java. Hopefully the sharia spirit will become the foundation in running the business, trade, and industry,” he said at the opening ceremony at the Islamic Da’wah Center (Pusdai), Bandung, on Wednesday (9/13).
Aher also said he hoped the FESyar will improve the sharia-based economy, not only in West Java, but also in Indonesia.
The development of sharia economy in West Java itself is known to grow rapidly. Currently the growth of sharia economy in West Java is ranked second after DKI Jakarta as the center of the national economy.
According to Governor Aher, sharia economy is not a system exclusively for Muslims but for all people in the society. Because the system contains elements of justice, prosperity and uniformity in the processing of economic resources. Sharia economy applies to all parties even though the spirit originally came from Islam.
“All the systems with universal values will apply for all,” he said.
Governor Aher added that people, especially Muslims, should be able to follow the development of information and communication technology so that the sharia economy can continue to grow along with the development and human needs from time to time.
He appreciated the achievement of West Java in sharia economy, hoping that it will keep growing to prosper the people. “Hopefully it improves further, generating benefits and welfare to the society.”
According to Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia Rosmaya Hadi the potential of sharia economy is very big. It is supported by large human resources from the big number of Islamic boarding schools and higher education institutions scattered in West Java.
Based on the data from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, there are 19,331 Islamic boarding schools (pesantren) in Indonesia. As many as 9,067 of the schools or about 47% are in West Java. This indicates that West Java has the potential to be the power of Islamic economy.
According to Maya, Rosmaya’s nickname, if the number of the boarding schools is optimized, West Java will become the center of Islamic economic empowerment.
“West Java is the province with the largest number of pesantren in Indonesia, if it is optimized then West Java has the potential to become the center of Islamic economic empowerment,” said Maya.
Based on the findings of Bank Indonesia, there are 54 pesantren with more than 500 students. It shows West Java has a potential as an alternative economic institution in community empowerment.
“This is very supportive. West Java also has a big population of Muslims. That is why Bank Indonesia conducts the Sharia Economic Festival in West Java,” said Maya. (JPP/TPP)